February 2010

Do you exercise primarily to lose weight?

By BRO Admin | 15 Feb 10
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Tell us what you think and you’ve got a shot at winning a Dagger Kayak from Subaru!

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Do you wear an iPod when you run outdoors?

By BRO Admin | 09 Feb 10
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Vote and let us know what you think!

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Virginias vs. Carolinas: Which offers superior recreation?

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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Carolinas: 46% I think bigger is better. North Carolina has the highest peak in the Eastern United States with Mt. Mitchell, and the accompanying Black Mountain range has 18 mountains above 6,300 feet. The views from these great summits are spectacular and cannot be topped (literally) in the Southeast. North Carolina is a special place…

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Real Estate Boom

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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Late in October, President Obama signed the 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, a massive package of legislation that invests $32.24 billion in our public lands. Much of that money will go to managing our existing federal lands’ infrastructure, but some cash has been set aside to expand our public real estate portfolio. Here are…

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Get Fit, Get Smart

By Graham Averill | 09 Feb 10
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Getting in shape can also give you a brain boost. According to recent findings revealed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, physically fit adults have a higher IQ and stronger verbal comprehension. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden tested 1.2 million men who were born between 1950 and 1976. Cardiovascular…

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SloperFest: Pickin’ and Sendin’

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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The Southern SloperFest Bouldering Competition and Music Festival brings together two of the South’s favorite pastimes—bluegrass and bouldering. On March 6 the annual festival at Alabama’s Horse Pens 40—a 120-acre craggy climbing haven in Steele—will combine a full day of slab grabbing with an all-night roots music and camping festival. The ancient exposed stone of…

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Bugle Call

By Jedd Ferris | 09 Feb 10
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Two centuries ago, native elk roamed the Southern Appalachians. Now, more than 150 years after extinction from over-hunting, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is considering a full reintroduction of a bigger relative—Rocky Mountain Elk—in the southwestern coalfields region of the Commonwealth. An estimated 150 Rocky Mountain Elk already reside in Southwest…

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NASCAR Driver vs. Family Farmer

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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Former Daytona 500 champion Ernie Irvan is suing his neighbor, a family farmer, over too much noise and dust. Located on Wadmalaw Island, S.C., Ambrose Family Farm has been a popular source of local produce for nearby Charleston foodies since it opened 35 years ago. Irvan moved next door three years ago, and he’s miffed…

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Atlanta’s New Trails

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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The Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek unit of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is scheduled to get a trail overhaul in 2010. Ten miles of new trail will be built, while some older trails will be decommissioned because of erosion issues. The rehab is part of a master plan to develop a more cohesive trail network…

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Dynamic Stretching

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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What is dynamic stretching, and why has everyone turned their backs on the old school stretches I learned in grade school? Stretching is a really controversial topic right now. For every coach who tells you to stretch before a race, you’ll find one who tells you not to stretch. As a general rule, casual athletes…

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High-Tech Highlights

By Graham Averill | 09 Feb 10
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Outdoor technology has come a long way since the first issue of BRO. What seemed like a product out of a ‘90s sci-fi movie feels like an antique now. Here’s a look at some of the most advanced gadgets on the outdoor market today. Bike Computer: Sigma Rox 9.0. You get all the speed, distance,…

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The Green River Race By the Numbers

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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The Green River Race By the Numbers The 14th annual Green River Race was held last November, with a number of record-setting moments. The race is the most well-respected extreme kayaking race in the country. Here’s how the event shook out in 2009. 1: Number of gorilla suits spotted in the crowd. 2: Number of…

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Read This

By BRO Staff | 09 Feb 10
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Off Road Trails, a mountain biking guide to Tennessee The full-color glossy guide features 31 trail systems organized by city (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Tri-Cities). Each system has fold-out topo maps, high quality pictures, and exhaustively researched descriptions. Tanasi, Big South Fork, Raccoon Mountain—all of the major fat tire destinations are detailed, including a couple of…

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Living the Dream: Adventure Photographer Skip Brown

By Graham Averill | 09 Feb 10
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For more than two decades, Skip Brown has been taking pictures for adventure magazines like Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Runner’s World, and Blue Ridge Outdoors. Along the way, he’s mountain biked Copper Canyon, Mexico; kiteboarded the Columbia River Gorge; paddled the Congo River; and boarded the British Columbia backcountry—all while balancing family life in…

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Danny Barnes: Dave Matthews’ Favorite Banjo Player

By Jedd Ferris | 09 Feb 10
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Banjo visionary Danny Barnes has worn many labels. In the 90s he pioneered punk-grass in the popular unorthodox string band Bad Livers. He’s scored films for acclaimed director Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused). He’s been a reliable sideman for Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen and newgrass ace Tim O’Brien. These days, though,…

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